MONTREAL — Gabriel Cousineau passed for 278 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the No.5-ranked Montreal Carabins defeated McGill 43-17 in RSEQ football before 4,800 at Stade CEPSUM, Friday.
It was the 16th straight win for Montreal over McGill, since the last Redmen victory, a 58-0 shutout on Oct. 7, 2002.
Cousineau, who directed an offence that racked up 543 yards of net offence, completed 18 of 22 pass attempts, including a pair of TD tosses to running back Sean Thomas-Erlington, which put Montreal up 7-0 and 26-0, respectively. He also hooked up with receiver Mikhail Davidson on a 54-yard scoring play to gove the Carabins a 40-10 lead early in the third quarter.
The Carabins ground attack amassed 290 yards, including 71 from running back Manuel Crisi-Lauzon, whose two-yard TD scamper gave Montreal a 33-10 lead at halftime. Nicolas Dubeau scored the other Carabins major on a four-yard run, which made the score 17-0.
The game featured 25 penalties for 284 yards of real estate, including Montreal’s staggering 19 infractions for 224 yards.
Rounding out the bulk of the scoring for the Carabins was place-kicker Felix Menard-Briere who collected 11 points. He went 2-for-3 in field-goals, connecting from distances of 33 and 17 yards.
McGill, which featured an injury-plagued lineup that had 37 of thier 48 dressers in either their first or second year, generated only 180 yards of net offence,
They trailed 26-0 before breaking the goose-egg at 11:42 of the second quarter when rookie Moy McDonald hauled in an 18-yard TD pass from freshman quarterback Joel Houle, who was making his first career start in the absence of injured senior Dallon Kuprowski.
Houle, who was sacked eight times, completed 11 of 24 attempts for 103 yards and no interceptions. He was shaken up briefly in the fourth quarter and replaced by rookie Pierre-Luc Moquin, who was 3-for-4 passing for 21 yards, including a four-yard TD strike to freshman Simon Gingras-Gagnon. Houle also rushed six times for 25 yards.
Safety Maxime Chaput-Dupuy was one of the few bright spots for McGill. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound junior from St. Hubert, Que., racked up a game-high 12 tackles, including 11 solos and one quarterback sack.
Montreal (2-1) will make the long trek to Antigonish, N.S., next week to play St.FX (1-1) on Sept. 27. McGill (0-3) will head to Quebec City to meet division-leading Laval (2-0) the same day.
REDMEN RAP: McGill only had two turnovers (one fumble, one on downs), compared to seven in each of their first two games… Karl Forgues, a weak-side linebacker, was credited with 12 tackles, including one QB sack… Rookie Aleksander Papich, playing in his first CIS contest, took over the punting duties from senior Nils Jonkmans and averaged 30.2 yards on nine punts… Jonkmans, who averaged 42.0 yards on three kickoffs, tallied five points with a 39-yard field-goal and two conversions…Trailing by a large margin early, McGill only rushed 14 times in the game, led by all-conference RB Luis Guimont-Mota was limited to 38 yards on five carries… REC Damian Massey-Hirt had a team-leading five receptions for 35 yards… WR Louis Brouillette caught four passes for 44 yards… Yannick Langelier-Vanasse led the Redmen in all-purpose yards with 104 on five touches…DL Kadeem Lewis and LB Eric Gracioppo teamed up to share a QB sack.
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